Most of the waters right across the country saw extra colour and flow, in fact some rivers broke their banks such was the amount of rain we had leading up to last weekend.
Yet the Old Nene through March was so clear you could read a paper lying on the bottom. Well, perhaps not quite that clear but the clarity was certainly a big surprise for anglers on Sunday in the big November open match run by local organiser Bob Fitzjohn.
The conditions made for quite a difficult match for some, yet the top four still managed to put double figure weights to the scales. Top rod with 15lb 8oz was Graham West, he drew two pegs above the Health Centre Bridge and caught a net of roach to eight ounces and small skimmers on the pole with pinkie fished over groundbait. Runner-up on the allotment section was John Whitehouse, 11lb 15oz. On 11lb 14oz was Martin Caldicote, followed by Martin Foster on 10lb 2oz.
This weekend it’s round four of the Angling Trust Winter League on the same venue, but it is possible conditions could change. It should still produce a good match and it’s all to play for.
Cedar Lake on the Decoy complex was the venue for the latest Spratt’s AC match which saw Trevor Cousins once again dominating proceedings. Drawn on peg 5 he fished red maggot on the long pole line catching carp to 7lb to record 74lb 9oz. Runner-up was Peter Parlett, 39lb 7oz, all carp taken on a feeder; Paul Cousins 38lb 7oz.
Fenland Rods fished their last match of their 2013 campaign on Six Islands and once again anglers fell foul of the net rule at Decoy Lakes. It is 50lb in a net, up to 60lb your net gets recorded at 50lb and you will be disqualified. Young Matthew Lutkin would have taken first place but was demoted to second. The slip-up let in Darren Ogden: he drew hot peg 18 and totalled 52lb 1oz. Third John Smith 40lb 1oz, then John Garner 38lb.
In the Ramsey & District Angling Society match fished on Ramsey St Marys, Andrew Wilding with 12lb 15oz of small fish took the top spot just ahead of Paul Kilby with 12lb 7½ oz; Harry Young 7lb 13oz and Ray Myring on 7lb 3oz.
Metal Box fished the Six Island pool at the Decoy complex on Saturday and with the weather turning really cold bites were hard to come by. Top with 38lb was Roger Archer, on peg 14 on the long pole with dead maggot hook bait. Runner-up: Tony Campion 25lb 14oz, he fished a small maggot feeder, followed by Jim Allen on 23lb 12oz.
In Wednesday’s Tydd Gote match fished on the North Level Drain at Harolds Bridge, Emneth rod Mick Asker took the honours with roach taken on the pole with pinkie for 7lb 6oz. Runner-up Tony Moll 4lb 2oz, Dick Paul 3lb 15oz.
The club also ran an Angling Trust Pike Qualifier held at French Drove, Jamie Cooper topped the field with five pike for a total weight of 30lb 2oz. Colin Bartram came second he had four fish weighing 19lb 2oz followed by Ken Edgson on 18lb 10oz.
On Saturday is the turn of predator anglers to line the banks of our local fenland drains as a big turnout is expected for the British Pike Championship. The Twenty Foot drain, Cock Bank and Glassmoor Bank will be in use and hopes are high for a run of big pike. I have been selling pike baits and a little last minute equipment for the past 15 years at this match and it never ceases to amaze me the enthusiasm these specimen anglers have for their side of our sport and the distance many travel.
We have, as usual, a very strong local contingent.